Shuffle up and deal…some damage! Poker Central, one of the premiere destinations for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and now esports has partnered with ESP Gaming–a competitive gaming content creation company–unveiled their new studio on Thursday. Owned and operated by the folks at Poker Central, the ultra-modern studio was built at the ARIA Resort & Casino and will be the exclusive home for all Poker Central-owned live events. The first production will take place May 16 – 18 with a special grand opening edition of “Poker After Dark.”
Poker isn’t the only thing being played at the ARIA. ESP Gaming also will use the digitally advanced space to host live esports events including Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory Premier League, the world’s No. 1 international mobile esports league.
“Nearly a year ago we set out to create a digital-first poker network that would showcase some of the world’s best tournaments and lifestyle content – both on and off the felt,” said JR McCabe, chief digital officer of Poker Central. “While this studio marks the fulfillment of that goal, it also doubles as a promise to our loyal viewers – to continually expand our programming slate, offer even more tournaments at all levels and get fans even closer to the mind sport they love.”
The 10,000-plus square-foot studio will have space for nine poker tables with an occupancy of up to 300 people, including space for 120 fans and event spectators. The venue features multiple sound stages including a main studio, break desk area and a streaming lounge, which will provide flexibility to host a wide variety of poker and esports events. The studio will be open to the public on an event-by-event basis. Nevada gaming regulations will apply to all poker events.
Jeff Liboon, president of ESP Gaming, said, “With demand for our esports production services continuing to grow, we needed a home to host more tournaments and competitions at broadcast-quality levels so we could continue to deliver best-in-class esports content to audiences worldwide. This partnership with Poker Central gives us the ability to bring the best in live esports to new fans and create a preeminent location for developers to elevate their leading titles from game to sport.”